Climbing the Gloucester Tree in Pemberton was the bravest things the kids have ever done. At 53m tall, this Karri tree is the second tallest fire look out tree in the world.
After reading the warning ‘not recommended for kids’ sign, observing the lack of safety nets and then climbing 20 or so wrungs, they both decided to head back down, as I continued on. Another mum, above me, was afraid of heights, so I had a job of being the calm support and talking (distracting) her for the climb. With our kids and husbands below, cheering us on, we made it to the top, took a few pics and sang out to the families below, before beginning our descent.
As soon as I reached the base of the tree the boys had built up enough courage to give it another go... but only if I went with them. So off I set again, with two children in tow. They both hesitated at the same point and began to climb back down, but after a few words of encouragement and poke in the bum, they both climbed all the way to the top and back down again, much to Joff’s horror. Very proud of both of their efforts!!
Have you ever climbed a 53m high tree... with NO SAFETY ROPE!! 🤘🤣😨
Well you can in West Australia! It's a giant karri tree, the 2nd TALLEST fire-lookout tree IN THE WORLD!!!
Only 20% who visit, make it to the top... And we managed to take a selfie 😂🤘
Reinforcement resined into tree, safe as houses. 🤓
P.s. I felt like batman. A Lesson in the Importance of Fear...
15 days ago357
Zamaninda yangin gozetleme kulesi olarak kullanilmis bu agac simdi yeterince cesur olanlarin tirmanmasina acilmis. Agaca saplanmis demir cubuklara basarak 53 metre yukseklige cikmak heyecan vericiydi.
This tree was used as a fire lookout tower in the past and now it is free to climb. It was so excited to go up 53 metres on iron bars stuck on the tree.
If you look for it, Western Australia is full of adventures. After enjoying a safe - nonetheless impressive - walk at the top of Tingle trees in the Valley of the Giants, I faced a new challenge when I arrived in Pemberton. This place is essentially known for its gigantic Karri trees, among the highest in the world, that the more adventurous would want to climb 🌳⠀
At the top, the lookouts offer a magnificent view all over the valley and for kilometers around! Originally built in the 1930-40s in order to control fires in the area, these lookouts are now tourist attractions. If you are not afraid of heights, you will be able to climb on three of them: the Diamond Tree (51m), the Gloucester Tree (61m) and the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree (75m). Challenging but nothing wrong with it, right? Well, I didn’t tell you the most important part... you won’t have equipment, it will be all by yourself! 😱⠀
You will need to climb on 165 iron pegs for the biggest of them in order to reach the top. That’s it. Nothing more to help you. All in your hand and your concentration. Surprisingly but luckily, no one ever died climbing those trees, surely because most of us know where our limits stand. By the way, I climbed all of them, mostly to challenge myself...and also say “I did it”! 💪⠀
Day 46: Climbing Higher and Higher
Today we ate a hearty breakfast at Tingles Bakehouse. Where their pies, sausage roll and honey cake are soooo delicious 😋 you have to try it next time!
Our challenge today is to scale to the top one of the three tallest trees around Pemberton.
👨🏻🏫 There are three climbable trees in Pemberton. Used to be fire lookout tree in the 1930s and 1940s, now it is open for public to climb. Three trees are Gloucester Tree (61m), Bicentennial Tree (75m), and Diamond Tree (51m). 🌳🌳🌳
Although we haven't fully recover, legs are still shaking, but such a waste to come all the way down south and not do it. So this time we did our stretch, bare the pain and climb!
Gosh it is scary... there isn't much protection downward. Just metal rods for holding and stepping. Our first attempt got us to the Bicentennial first platform but we got a bit scared as we don't feel safe with our legs still shaking from the hike 2 days ago. After taking a break and psyching ourselves, we decided to give Gloucester Tree a shot and not look down. 😅
A good 15mins, we climb to the top 🎉 the view was great and the wind is cooling. It's so beautiful 😀..... so... how to get back down? 😱 Of course the same way up is the same way down just backwards and with dual traffic too!
Gosh... that is enough physicals for this Easter trip. Suppose to be relaxing, we returned with sore muscle and more tired than before we started. 😅
We want longer breaks!